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Joe Nocera

Unions Are Back in Favor. They Need to Seize the Moment.

A revived labor movement is needed to reverse decades of income inequality.

The atmosphere is ripe to restore some power to working Americans.

The atmosphere is ripe to restore some power to working Americans.

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Labor is having a moment the likes of which it hasn’t experienced in decades.

In Joe Biden, the labor movement has the first full-throated, pro-union president since Harry Truman. A drive to unionize Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, is being watched closely as a possible harbinger of a broader effort to unionize nonmanufacturing industries. And earlier this month, the House passed the most sweeping pro-union piece of legislation in nearly a century, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which seeks to strip away some of the advantages companies have long had in successfully fighting off organizing drives.